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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Straight-talking modern food in a Victorian mansion

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At a glance

Open all year
Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access
Service charge
Credit cards accepted

This stately Victorian villa is replete with period style, all high ceilings, sweeping staircases and expansive bay windows, but given a modern facelift. The kitchen deals in contemporary food with clear European accents, turning out a pressed game terrine of guinea fowl, duck, rabbit, pistachios and leeks, countered by a lively quince chutney, among starters. For mains, pan-fried lamb might come with samphire, turnips, Parmentier potatoes, apricots and rosemary jus, while fish dishes could see seared gurnard partnered with kohlrabi, pak choi, and tomato butter sauce. End with rhubarb and stem ginger pannacotta with pineapple carpaccio and orange sorbet, or bow out with a plate of Oxfordshire cheeses.

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Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2.30
  • Dinner served from: 6.30
  • Dinner served until: 10


  • Chef(s): Bruce Buchan

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: British, European
  • Vegetarian dishes available
  • Wines under £30: 19
  • Wines over £30: 4
  • Wines by the glass: 6

Price guide

  • Starter from: £6
  • Main course from15
  • Dessert from: £6.50
  • 2-course lunch from: £15
  • 3-course lunch from: £18
  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Assist dogs welcome

Additional information

  • Seats: 50
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 120
  • On-site parking available

Getting here

A40 Oxford ring road onto A4165 Banbury Road signed city centre/Summertown. Hotel 2 miles on left.

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